Why the US national anthem is terrible - and perfect

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    Vox's Estelle Caswell and Joss Fong debate "The Star Spangled Banner"
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    When Francis Scott Key attached his poem about the War of 1812 to a popular British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven," he kicked off over 200 years of painfully bad singing by patriotic Americans. The Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States in 1931, but it had been used by the Army and Navy for decades before that and was popular from the start. One big problem? The melody wasn't exactly written for the masses, but for trained soloists.
    Commentators pointed out early on that it was exceedingly difficult for most people to sing, suggesting that "America the Beautiful" might be a better alternative. Critics have noted that the music requires a uniquely wide vocal range, it's full of tricky intervals, and the lyrics are confusing and uninspiring.
    But if you look at the national anthem as a sport, where we get to watch performers at the top of their game tackle the gauntlet that is the Star Spangled Banner, you may come to appreciate it. In this video, we debate whether the difficulty of the Star Spangled Banner is a feature or a bug for a national anthem.
    Further reading:
    Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186
    Star Spangled Music: starspangledmusic.org/
    Slate: Proudly Hailed www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2014/07/the_star_spangled_banner_four_reasons_it_shouldn_t_be_the_national_anthem.html
    Emily Cope: medium.com/@emilybcope/music-to-what-extent-does-the-star-spangled-banner-illustrate-how-melody-and-rhythm-influence-the-aff2c78853ed
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Vox
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If you want to learn more about the anthem, check out this site: http://starspangledmusic.org/blog/ They're obsessed with the Star Spangled Banner and have tons of interesting facts and videos. This book by Marc Ferris is also really interesting https://www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Mr.Moisture Loves cats
Mr.Moisture Loves cats

I really thought it was terrible

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Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels

Vox thanx .. for your advice... although I am a saudi man I love to listen to the US National Anthem.

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I love noodles
I love noodles

Vox This is an insult and un American. How dare you!!!!

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Toryu-Mau
Toryu-Mau

... So... Git Good? >):^?

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General Amsel
General Amsel

+Sheratim because simply always complaining how something is racist doesn't do anything, we don't even sing the third verse so why complain about it? Its like complaining about how oh since some of the founding father had slaves that means even though the literally committed high treason against the British crown and proceeded to fight against the strongest army and navy in a the known world, nah since some of them had slaves that just throws that all to the side and doesn't matter.

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My Anh Hoang
My Anh Hoang

Lmao yall should listen to Hungarian national anthem. its depressing af. Screaming together with a laugh is so much better than crying.

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Ice Queen
Ice Queen

It's not terrible, but it's perfect.

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Lois Elliott
Lois Elliott

go to another country if you dont like our anthem you communist

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Grundle Munch
Grundle Munch

you americans have the best anthem hands down. i even root for you all during the Olympics because of it

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Morgan Yoite
Morgan Yoite

A normal person will never have to sing the national anthem in their life time. And old things are racist get over it

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WestNileSnipes
WestNileSnipes

Damn, Whitney killed it.

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Russian Anthom is the best

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Paragonix
Paragonix

Thats why Id prefer the soviet anthem and horst wessel lied

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MelonLikeAFellon
MelonLikeAFellon

Setup: Singer on stage Sport bois ready behind some thin walls or doors "Some-" Sport bois burst through "-body once told me..."

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Juan Escobar
Juan Escobar

Adam Neely

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Candy Life
Candy Life

Woah woah woah hold up...it’s not that hard to reach those notes

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Wynn Simmons
Wynn Simmons

I'm with Estelle on this

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Simone Let the cat out of the bag
Simone Let the cat out of the bag

Choir teacher makes this our audition song for all of our ensembles...... y’know, makes the people who really deserve it get it... ew

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Austyn Kersey
Austyn Kersey

Should have mentions Roseanne's performance.

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Cedric Winters
Cedric Winters

I feel like over 9000 people disliked this video without actually watching this.

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EXO UNIVERSE
EXO UNIVERSE

I can’t relate because I am Asian, but still I watch this. 😂

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Ryan Lo 246 (HQ2)
Ryan Lo 246 (HQ2)

The hardest would be the Austrian National Anthem, so many notes

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Stephen Malacaria
Stephen Malacaria

I agree, "The Star Spangled Banner" is a pretty bad song. The national anthem should be God Bless America.

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AlanaFieldsTV
AlanaFieldsTV

Fergie... that was a fail that won't be forgotten.

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Chanel K
Chanel K

Why did I think this was talking about the Canadian anthem until I saw the replies of the “why can West Virginia be our national anthem?” Before you ask, this video started when I was in the kitchen getting biscuits and milk without my iPad

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xoxo xoxo
xoxo xoxo

how comes the music expert can't even sing in tune

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its mary
its mary

Oof

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Alex Black
Alex Black

If we had an anthem like the French, people would protest the lyrics

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Chuck Wieser
Chuck Wieser

And most importantly, this song does not rejoice in the death of slaves owned by the British. It glorifies the sacrifice of hired workers and slaves that died trying to keep the American flag up while the British killed them for wanting to honor their country. Thanks for lying to us and trying to continually destroy America.

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Downward Spiral
Downward Spiral

I think that if the creator of the American anthem found-out through time travel that the most popular version of the American anthem ever produced was sung by a black women, he would have an aneurysm. Atleast, he hope we would.

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Tony F
Tony F

The secret is to have soulful black person sing it

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Eric Claeyborn
Eric Claeyborn

The national anthem for the U.S.A. should be America the Beautiful. It just might repair some American hearts. The Star Spangled Banner is really worthless... and the tune is from a beer drinking song (that's what I heard).

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airi
airi

I know the whole american anthem because i watched THAT episode of victorious too much. im european.

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Maskless Is This
Maskless Is This

Gross song

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Paul Harts
Paul Harts

May I suggest welcome to the black parade?

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roballen2/offical
roballen2/offical

"America the Beautiful" should be the National Anthem.

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Skippy Bean
Skippy Bean

"It's descriptive and phrased weirdly" It was a freaking poem, what do you expect

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Skippy Bean
Skippy Bean

Ummm. I can sing it. I don't scream

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MiniWaterWolf YT
MiniWaterWolf YT

Yes it is you doo doo.

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Andreus Triant
Andreus Triant

Just more of vox’s anti American propaganda, trying to kill what is left of America’s pride

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Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

When you’ll do anything to slam America

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Dukhanstmichmal
Dukhanstmichmal

Lets be honest here. The US anthem is one of the most crap anthems in the world. Not only doesnt it sound pleasant or have any real structure to it - its also not even iconic apart from the first 3 seconds. If you listen to the anthems of Russia, France, Germany, Italy or the UK in comparison, the US one just seems cheap and not really thought through.

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Some nerd 157
Some nerd 157

The national anthem should be Africa

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black and silver diamond
black and silver diamond

Millinials have respect for nothing.

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Helen Gilbert
Helen Gilbert

I don't wanna be ~that guy~ but for a vocal student hearing that people think the national anthem is hard??? Go listen to the Girl in 14G, or... any aria ever. Then come back and tell me an octave and a half is too big.

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Luke Losinski
Luke Losinski

This is fairly simple on a instrument to play

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Bob Fischer
Bob Fischer

Wait. Seriously? I realize this is about the vocal challenge of the song, but, really? You're not going to mention the greatest rendition of the song ever, even though it was instrumental? Harrrummpff. *shakes fist* "you kids get off my lawn!" *goes to load up the Hendrix version from Woodstock*

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Enda Reddan
Enda Reddan

The Irish national anthem

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Patrick Nilan
Patrick Nilan

No the star spangled banner is PERFECT, ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY PERFECT! The ONLY, let me say ONLY EVIDENCE of this anyone needs to give a skeptic is playing Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl! BOOM, micdrop!

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James Scott
James Scott

It’s not about slaves 🙄

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Palamedes
Palamedes

good news everyone 2:55

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Q400fan
Q400fan

Title is a lil misleading

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Will Stehlik
Will Stehlik

I’m sorry but Lady Gaga?

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PewEE
PewEE

Klay:why did she do that Lady:old song son Klay:it 2018 not 1765 Lady:right 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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Jakeliciousdragon
Jakeliciousdragon

Francis Scott Key wrote the words of the Star Spangled Banner and chose the tune so... we can't really complain. It's not that hard, people just don't try and they think too much. Plus it's worded weirdly because it is written back in the old days. We should not change it. I can sing it right and have the words memorized. You guys are just big sore baby losers.

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Heisted
Heisted

Russia has a way better one anyways. Tbh it’s the best one. And yes I know Its so incredibly biased because I am from Russia and Russian is my first language.

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Puggy WoofWoof
Puggy WoofWoof

petition to change the national anthem to national anthem by lana del rey

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The Joe Show
The Joe Show

Rock cover anyone?

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the sinnoh trainer
the sinnoh trainer

It's actually not that hard to sing when you've heard it so many times

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Anouchka
Anouchka

I’m Canadian and I know the whole star spangled banner better than my American friends.

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The Grey Jedi
The Grey Jedi

Our choir sang this for a Houston rockets game we put it in 4-part (soprano,alto,tenor,bass) it sounded amazing

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DSLR Video Shooter
DSLR Video Shooter

It is a great song. Also I heard Canada is accepting new people.

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Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky

What nobody is talking about is the historical context. It was originally a poem and it is about the strength of America to persevere. Some of the wording isn’t great because it was a poem written by a soldier who whiteness the first hope of America actually being able to work.

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Jasmine VanRegenmortel
Jasmine VanRegenmortel

I vote that Marilyn Manson’s “We’re from America” should be the new national anthem, should we choose to change it.

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Ash Westbrook
Ash Westbrook

Um... what are notes, and what's from with 13 or whatever we have?

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The Best Galaxy
The Best Galaxy

Idiots

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US Air Force Nerd
US Air Force Nerd

NO KEEP THE STAR SPANGELED BANNER

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Deric Cheah
Deric Cheah

Malaysia anthem is da best.

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Jimsy
Jimsy

Lyrics about Congreve's rockets set to the tune of an English drinking song... what a choice for a national anthem...

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Prod. by MiB
Prod. by MiB

That's why you sing it in monotone.

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memes are my life
memes are my life

See this is why I play an instrument I’ll be fine.

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PieSauruS
PieSauruS

“How can we be edgy and political”

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sofiaa johnn
sofiaa johnn

i rlly dont think it's respectful of ppl to make "covers" of the national anthem, it's composed in a specific way,, just let it be

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Penelope Hunt
Penelope Hunt

It's a kak cuntry, kak anthem . Totally useless place

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Thieving Peppers
Thieving Peppers

I had to sing this everyday in school

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Anson Hu
Anson Hu

7:31 the reason why they booed is because American don’t like change, they really don’t like it. And when Jose feliciano sang the anthem in a different way, some people took it personally because they don’t like change they really don’t like it (Americans). I’m sorry if this is offensive but this is true for most places.

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The Turts
The Turts

the national anthem don't even slap

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Nathaniel Eli
Nathaniel Eli

“America, The Beautiful” COULD be a good alternative for the national anthem. Edit: I was rewatching this and Matt Farnsworth says that “oo” is a vowel. Huh😂

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Nicole & Ethan Miller
Nicole & Ethan Miller

Love your videos, could you please site significant video quotations in your extended description? "Further reading" is great, but we're all on youtube watching videos... thanks!

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monoceros1222
monoceros1222

Lyrics are great because because there are only 3 sentences: The first sentence questions whether the flag still waves in the particular battle; the second sentence demonstrates the strength of America; and the third again, and appropriately, calls to the future , questioning whether we have managed to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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pilotdrums
pilotdrums

you're supposed to sing it in your octave range not 3 above it

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One piece and sonic fan
One piece and sonic fan

i wonder what skylar grey would sound like

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Tomlin Suttles
Tomlin Suttles

You guys are insulting us Americans

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Maggie Jones
Maggie Jones

America, The Beautiful but with "And Sisterhood" (Cue Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones) and we have ourselves a lovely anthem.

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Hurley Sim
Hurley Sim

Hey Vox, does this mean Bel Canto repertoire is also terrible?

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Jacob :D
Jacob :D

Y’all think this is bad but the Panem anthem is only high notes.

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Donna Ortega
Donna Ortega

I feel very offended.

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jonathan abraham
jonathan abraham

I'm not American but the Dixie chicks did the perfect rendition of your anthem

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Nico Enerlan
Nico Enerlan

When they showed Fergie I was dead 😂😂😵

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MAHNEHMISRED
MAHNEHMISRED

Use MARIAH'S RENDITIONS

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Bence Pál
Bence Pál

This video/idea was stolen from Adam Neely check out the original!

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Lauren Zefania
Lauren Zefania

I'm from Indonesia. Hey you guys had to hear our national anthem. The range is 9 and a half full notes, sounds so good.

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BrokenSocialScene23
BrokenSocialScene23

You guys should talk about why the anthem won't change. Its difficulty makes it so emotional. It's one of the few anthems that will reduce you to tears. I'm not even American.

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Russian Bias
Russian Bias

French National Anthem English Translation: Our hands are raised please dont shoot, the white flag flies high. The Rifles hit the ground, Mighty Maginot has been out flanked.

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Matsya Manuel
Matsya Manuel

Jimi Hendrix is laughing in his tomb.

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Maybe Me
Maybe Me

'O Canada Our home and native land, True patriot love, in all of us command With glowing hearts we see thee rise, True North strong and free From far and wide, 'O Canada, we stand on guard for the God keep our land glorious and free 'O Canada we stand on guard for thee 'O Canada we stand on guard for thee

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emily
emily

2:38 y'all don't sing your anthem every morning at school?

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molly sandweiss
molly sandweiss

France’s anthem talks about the “blood of the impure” so.....

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chang bin Yu
chang bin Yu

so thats why soviet national anthem always win my comrade

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lagooned
lagooned

this was structured really weird

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Senior Avocado
Senior Avocado

The Philippine song is easy

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Charles Seigfried Clark Stephen
Charles Seigfried Clark Stephen

(Find Wintey Houston singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Comment’s “What if we told you that that mike was not on.” - Vox July 4, 2018)

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Victor Walker
Victor Walker

Happy Feelings!

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THE JRO
THE JRO

@vox MORE EARWORM!!!!!! Please!

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Ďalej

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